An Indian couple fell to their death at California’s Yosemite National Park as they were trying to take a selfie. Vishnu Viswanath, 29, and Meenakshi Moorthy, 30, died last week after plunging 800 feet off Yosemite’s Taft Point. The couple who were avid travelers documented their travels on their blog “Holidays and Happily Ever Afters” which has now been taken down and their Instagram “holidaysandhappilyeverafters.”
The Indian couple met in 2009 and got married five years later. They arrived in the United States to pursue a masters in engineering, reports the AP. However, Moorthy wanted to be a full-time travel blogger so whenever they had free time they would travel around the world. This year they traveled to Vermont, Arizona, New Mexico, San Francisco, New Orleans, Brooklyn, Big Sur, Baltimore, Manhattan, Holland, and India. They were always looking for that great photo shot.
“They’re adventurous, but they always were thoughtful,” Raj Katta, a friend of the couple told The Washington Post. “They knew what they’re doing, they always had, but one instance changed everything.” Raj believes that taking a selfie was “possibly the reason” his friend plunged to their death.
Moorthy once eerily wrote on the couples Instagram, “… A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs ⛰and skyscrapers🌆, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ☠️ Is our life just worth one photo?” earlier this year as she looked over the Grand Canyon.
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CHASING SUNSETS or CHASING LIKES ??? 😛 … Sooo today on #socialmediabadasstribe we are talking about limits of #doitforthegram.😶Yeah sure it can be limitless but guys, we reaaaallly need to have boundaries(this is handy as life lessons too but we will revisit that later😉) A lot of us including yours truly is a fan of daredevilry attempts of standing at the edge of cliffs ⛰and skyscrapers🌆, but did you know that wind gusts can be FATAL??? ☠️ Is our life just worth one photo? … When we squirm at another selfie attempt gone south 😱 from a skyscraper, let’s remember to save that in our core memory 🧠 and not the memory dump 🛢(I am still on the Inside Out 🎬 train y'all 😬) Same applies when we get our knickers in a twist and hog a spot till we get the perfect shot🙄 I know I know, I am guilty as charged for all of this 🤦♀️ and if I didn’t have Mr. Two Goody Shoes, Vishnu 🤭 with me, I am not even sure if I would have written this post. … Let us all try to be responsible digital citizens and use our “numbers” to be transparent and honest, shall we?🤗 None of us is perfect and the more we accept it and share our flaws as much as our wins, we are one step closer to creating a sane social media without the scary brouhahas.💕✨ … Still there?👀 Woohoo, a backflip is in order, or wait maybe a pizza? 🍕 What about a unicorn ice-cream 🦄 🍦 with some Disney-approved cotton candy 🍭🍬 and pixie dust infused sprinkles 🧚♀️ if…..IF you could tell me the one time you were effin’ proud of being candid and real AF in social media? 😎 … PS – Not sponsored but sweatshirt is from @radearthsupply • • • #grandcanyonnps #northrim #instagramaz #visitarizona #travelarizona #shotzdelight #discovertheroad #usaroadtrip #visittheusa #outdoorsusa #exploretheusa #womenwhoexplore #iamtb #radparks #thediscoverer #gtgi #sheisnotlost #wearetravelgirls #hikemore #radgirlslife #travelreality #dreamscape @womenwhoexplore @visit_arizona @visittheusa @shotzdelight
The bodies were spotted by tourists on October 24. The national park service had to use “technical climbing and rappelling techniques” and a helicopter to recover the bodies.
When news broke out of the Indian couples death, investigators were trying to figure out when the couple exactly fell over. Fortunately, for the investigators, Drea Rose Laguillo had taken a selfie where Moorthy could be seen in the background.
Drea Rose Laguillo heard of the accident on the Daily Mail. The newspaper said that investigators were unsure when they fell. Drea Rose Laguillo replied with “ Well it was Sunday at 5:11pm because we saw them! 😢 Refer to her picture we captured in the comments”
Drea Rose Laguillo’s boyfriend, Sean Matteson, told the Associated Press that, “She was very close to the edge, but it looked like she was enjoying herself. She gave me the willies. There aren’t any railings … But she seemed comfortable. She didn’t seem like she was in distress or anything.”
The authorities are still investigating the incident. The bodies will be buried in the United States because the bodies were not in a condition to fly back to India.
There have been more than 250 people that have died worldwide while taking selfies in the last six years, reports the Journal of Family Medicine and Primary Care in India.